Jeff Bliss talks about the 2010 Plug-in conference

Jeff Bliss, The Bliss Index, hosted the nationally syndicated John Batchelor radio show. We talked about the 2010 plug-in conference, the price of the Chevy Volt and the difference between the Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf.
Chevrolet Volt
four-door sedan range extender, unitized frame, electric propulsion, front wheel drive
MSRP: $41,000
Maximum Federal Credit: $7,500 to the first 200,000 buyers
Maximum California Credit: 0
Lease: 3-year at $2,500 down and $350 a month
Miles per charge: 40 pure electric plus 300 additional miles on it’s gasoline engine.
Standard:  8 year / 100,000 mile warranty for all 161 components of the Volts lithium-ion battery. Five year Onstar Volt owners can use a smartphone to access their vehicles current electric range and fuel efficiency. Plus, managing the Volt charging functions is easy with this application. You can look up the batterys charge level, check on what time your Volt will be fully charged and ready to go, or even change charging priorities remotely with just a couple of taps. You can perform other commands remotely too ” like unlocking doors or activating the remote start.
Able to buy: In 2011 model year in Michigan, California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas and Washington, D.C.
Description: electrically driven system with onboard range extender, plug-in recharge capability
Type of battery: lithium-ion
Energy: 16 kWh (minimum)
Peak power: 130 to 140 kW
Voltage: 320 to 350
100% Recharge 110-volt outlet: 6 to 6.5 hours
Max. electrical power: 130 to 140 kW
Max. mechanical power: 120 kW
Continuous electrical power: 45 kW
Continuous mechanical power: 40 kW
Power: 53 kW peak power
Drive: direct
Type: 3-cylinder, turbocharged engine
Fuel: gas or E85
Nominal speed: 1500 to 1800 rpm
Max speed: 3200 rpm
Fuel tank (gal / L): 12 / 54.5
Type: plug-in
Voltage / amp: 110 / 15
Horsepower (hp / kW): 160 / 120
Torque (lb-ft / Nm): 236 / 320
Electric mode range: 40 miles “ full electric vehicle (EV) range
Estimated fuel economy @ constant state of charge: 50 mpg during charge sustaining operation
120 volt charging unit standard, 240 level 2 charging unit free for first 4400 by doe plus installation
Exterior car colors: Silver Ice Metallic, Black, Crystal Red Metallic, White Diamond, Cyber Gray Metallic and Viridian Joule.
dedicated website: www.getmyvolt.com
Nissan Leaf
four-door hatchback pure electric
MSRP: $33,580 (includes destination)
Maximum Federal credit: $7,500 to the first 200,000 buyers
Maximum California Credit: $5,000
Lease: 3-year $349 a month
Miles per charge: 100
Standard: 8 year / 100,000 mile warranty
Able to buy: December 2010  to drivers in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington;
Specs:
80 kW AC synchronous electric motor
24 kWh lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery
3.3 kW onboard charger
zero tailpipe emissions
100% electric “ no gasoline required
high response synchronous AC motor 80kW
range “100 miles/charge based upon US EPA LA4 City cycle2
Lee Slezak, Manager, Advanced Vehicle Systems Stimulation & Evaluation, Office of Freedom CAR and Vehicle techonologies, said that the Government was given $400 million dollars to work out the bugs for standardization and charging unit’s. The government will partially fund the initial charging unit’s in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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